Leadership

Meet the Bank of the West leadership team.

  • Michael Shepherd

    J. Michael Shepherd Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
    Bank of the West and BancWest Corporation

    Michael Shepherd is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the West and of BancWest Corporation, the parent company of Bank of the West and First Hawaiian Bank.

  • Thibault-Fulconis

    Thibault Fulconis Vice Chairman

    Thibault Fulconis is Vice Chairman, Corporate Functions for Bank of the West and its holding company, BancWest. Based in San Francisco, Fulconis is also a member of the Bank's and the holding company's Executive Management Committees.

  • John Bahnken

    John Bahnken Senior Executive Vice President
    Wealth Management Group

    John Bahnken is Senior Executive Vice President and leads the Wealth Management Group, which includes wealth strategy, investment management, customized banking solutions, trust and estate services, and other specialized offerings that help wealthy clients address all facets of their financial lives. Bahnken is a member of the bank’s Executive Management Committee.

  • Michael Bracco

    Michael R. Bracco Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

    Michael R. Bracco is Senior Executive Vice President and the Chief Administrative Officer of the bank. Based in San Francisco, he has been a member of the bank’s Executive Management Committee since 2007.

  • Duke Dayal

    Duke Dayal Chief Financial Officer

    Duke Dayal was named Chief Financial Officer of Bank of the West in March 2010. Based in San Francisco, Dayal is also a member of the bank's Executive Management Committee.

  • Donald Duggan

    Donald Duggan Senior Executive Vice President

    Donald Duggan is Senior Executive Vice President and Head of Banking Services. He joined the Bank in 2002 and is a member of the Bank's Executive Management Committee.

  • Kirsten Garen

    Kirsten Garen Chief Information Officer, Executive Vice President
    Information Technology Group

    Kirsten Garen is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for the bank. Garen is also a member of the bank’s Executive Management Committee.

  • Scott Germer

    Scott Germer Senior Executive Vice President Risk Manager

    Scott Germer, Senior Executive Vice President and Risk Manager joined the Bank 1990 and is a member of its Executive Management Committee. He is responsible for overseeing the Bank's Credit Risk functions, which include the managed asset groups, credit portfolio management and ALLL adequacy.

  • Andy Harmening

    Andy Harmening Senior Executive Vice President Regional Banking Group

    Andy Harmening is a Senior Executive Vice President and head of the Regional Banking Group at Bank of the West. He leads approximately 5,000 team members serving more than 1.2 million consumer and small business customers in over 600 branches across the Bank's 19 state footprint.

  • Gilles Karpowicz

    Gilles Karpowicz Executive Vice President Director of Audit and Inspection

    Gilles Karpowicz is Executive Vice President and Director of Audit & Inspection at Bank of the West; he was appointed in 2009. He is a member of the bank's Executive Management Committee.

  • Russell Playford

    Russell Playford Senior Executive Vice President

    Russell Playford, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, joined the bank in 2009. Playford is responsible for all aspects of enterprise risk management.

  • Jean Marc Torre

    Jean-Marc Torre Senior Executive Vice President
    Commercial Banking Group

    Jean‐Marc Torre is responsible for the lines of business serving the bank's commercial customers and wholesale banking. The Group provides a broad range of banking and credit services for companies with revenues over $50 million annually.

  • Vanessa Washington

    Vanessa Washington Senior Executive Vice President

    Vanessa Washington is Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Bank of the West. She joined the Bank in 2006 and is a member of the Bank's Executive Management Committee.

  • Paul Wible

    Paul T. Wible Senior Executive Vice President

    Paul Wible, Senior Executive Vice President and National Finance Group Executive, joined the bank in 1992. He is a member of the bank's Executive Management Committee.